The Golden Apple Award of Excellence for Teaching in New Mexico was awarded to David Ubinger along with six other teachers. This honor is based on their performance in the classroom and commitment to their profession.
This award has been given to New Mexico’s most outstanding teachers since 1996. Nominations are collected from teachers, students, administrators, parents and our community to create a pool of worthy candidates for this prestigious award. By source: https://www.goldenapplenm.org/golden-apple-teacher-award.aspx
Ubinger believes that reason he was awarded the Golden Apple Award is because he motivates his students. “My job is to encourage them. Showing my expectations to them and believing in them is a way they can reach their goals.”
Ubinger helps his classes improve every day with “formative assessments, exit tickets after each lesson, taking a quiz every Friday and homework every weekend.” Ubinger also gives them quizzes using an online program so that he and the students can “see where they are with their math skills compared to other schools.”
“I felt proud of the students and teachers, proud of their hard work,” said Ubinger. At the end, Ubinger expresses gratitude to “the students and the teachers in Chaparral High School for their efforts and hard work in the PARCC testing, End Of Course exams and the day to day activities.”